Let us know if you see any signs like this in Oceanside or San Clemente. Ironman says you can Detour on your way.
This year you can expect to find helpful course marshals providing safe access for bicyclists using the I-5 corridor between Orange and San Diego Counties during the annual half-Ironman race, Saturday March 29.
The race has grown in size and in recent years Ironman has obtained permission from Caltrans and the Marines for exclusive use of old Hwy 101, the one and only connection between Oceanside and San Clemente. Ironman isn’t the only entity that usurps bicycle access on the old road; the Marines close it several times a year for maneuvers. And when this happens Caltrans routinely opens the I-5 freeway shoulders and post signs to provide safe bicycle passage north and southbound.
But Ironman went one step further: they prevailed on Caltrans to close those ramps for the “safety” of their racers. That was a cold and clueless move by an organization which likes to cast itself as bicycle friendly. And that closure violates state law which requires Caltrans to maintain non-motorized access between points whenever they turn an existing road into a freeway.*
OCBC has worked with Caltrans Districts 11 (San Diego) and 12 (OC) the last two years to get them to do the right thing. Preparing to file an injunction against Caltrans permit finally got all parties’ attention.
So if you’ve ever wanted to ride a freeway with impunity, Saturday, March 29 from 7AM to Noon, between San Clemente and Oceanside will provide a dandy opportunity.
*CA Streets and Highways Code, Sec. 888
San Clemente pushed past another obstacle to Complete Streets implementation last night when City Council voted 3:2 to repave and restripe Vaquero, a 56′ wide connector currently featuring a 12′ painted median residents had insisted provided a necessary refuge from speeding traffic which plagues their neighborhood.
Vaquero, February 2014. Eliminating the painted median will slow motor traffic, and allow modern bike lanes and will actually facilitate driveway access. What’s not to love?
The median was installed at resident pleading by a previous traffic engineer; rather than slow down speeding traffic it pushed motorists toward the right hand edge where a substandard bike lane forced cyclists into the travel lane at every parked car.
The median was a “warm blanket” for residents who emotionally defended it at the meeting. Councilmen Chris Hamm and Jim Evert led the majority toward sanity with Mayor Tim Brown swinging the vote. We’ve more work to do convincing citizens and electeds that 99% motorist mode share does NOT mean 99% of the consideration must go to cars. That ain’t Complete Streets.
Elimination of the media– which served primarily as a convenient place for residents to turn left into their driveways– allows for buffered bike lanes, narrowed travel lanes, and still allows plenty of on-street parking neighbors wanted. Left turn pockets at critical intersections will remain in a final plan.
San Clemente’s Planning Commission last night approved the most bicycle friendly highway design in Orange County.
Cross section of El Camino Real (PCH) in San Clemente shows, Metrolink train, pedestrian on Multi-use path, south- and north-bound bicyclists on Multi-use path, landscaped divider, south-bound cyclist in the Bike Lane, 10′ car lane, 3′ median, 10′ [...]
Stephan Clark of the League of American Bicyclists will be visiting Huntington Beach on Wednesday, January 15. The City, assisted by HuBBA, will be hosting him with a full day of Bicycle Friendly Community focused discussions and activities.
If you are interested, and can squeeze it into your busy schedule, you are invited to [...]